The Excitation and Foundation of Marine Structures


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module builds on knowledge gained on 1st semester.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Must have knowledge about design rules for marine structures including methods for deterministic and probabilistic assessment of loads on marine structures.
  • Must have knowledge about analytical, numerical and experimental methods for investigation of marine and geotechnical problems.


  • Must be able to perform a marine and geotechnical site assessment and a design basis.
  • Must be able to apply advanced numerical and experimental methods for analysis and assessment of loads and geotechnical response of marine structures.
  • Must be able to compare and evaluate limitations and uncertainties related to simple and advanced methods for estimation of environmental load as well as geotechnical bearing capacity and deformations.
  • Must be able to evaluate the safety by application of probabilistic methods for assessment of loads and bearing capacity of marine structures.


  • Must be able to apply proper terminology in oral, written and graphical communication and documentation of problems and solutions within marine structures.
  • Must have an overview of design aspects related to marine structures.
  • Must be able to communicate the results of the project work in a project report.
  • Must be able to contribute successfully to teamwork within the problem area and make a common presentation of the result of the project work.

Type of instruction

Project work with supervision supplemented with instructions, workshops, presentation seminars, lab tests, etc.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 15 ECTS project module, the workload is expected to be 450 hours for the student.



Name of examThe Excitation and Foundation of Marine Structures
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Oral group exam based on presentation seminar and project rapport.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleMarine konstruktioners belastning og fundering
Module codeB-BK-K2A-6
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionDanish and English
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module
Time allocation for external examinersB


Study BoardStudy Board of Built Environment
DepartmentDepartment of the Built Environment
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science